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Document Number: 6853

Audit Tool: A Method for Determining Level of Need for Support to Improvement - The District Audit Tool was designed to assist in formulating intensity and focus of technical assistance by helping states: (1) prioritize which districts failing to meet AYP requirements require the most intense and immediate assistance; (2) quantitatively and qualitatively judge the status of these districts against the research-based elements that represent successful schools and districts; (3) identify their short, medium and long term needs to improve student learning; (4) assign/confer with districts on a plan for how, when, and by whom technical assistance will be delivered and progress will be monitored on plan implementation. (Jan Sheinker, Kimberly Hambrick, Diane Lowery, David Lamitina, Christine Steele, Kathy St. Clair, Keith Butcher and Ted Jarrell, Council of Chief State School Officers, December 2005)...

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